What if internet access is not always reliable?

Considering reports that internet speeds were being reduced recently due to a conflict between two groups (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/03/27/spamhaus-attack.html), thinking about developing alternatives and back-up plans is crucial:

Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B
http://www.ted.com/talks/danny_hillis_the_internet_could_crash_we_need_a_plan_b.html

After watching the TED talk, take a closer look at the Arpanet Directory he talks about at the beginning:

What the internet looked like in 1982: A closer look at Danny Hillis’ vintage directory of users
http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/18/what-the-internet-looked-like-in-1982-a-closer-look-at-danny-hillis-vintage-directory-of-users/

Peace.